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Overcoming overconsumption before it consumes us: The potential of local waste prevention initiatives as a gateway to a degrowth society
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Human activities and especially the over-consuming Western society lifestyles have been identified as the main causes of climate change and environmental degradation. Sustainable consumption holds limits of its own, and degrowth offers a broader framework for the transformation of the society in order to answer the threefold crisis: environmental, economic and social. Nevertheless, in a context of a widening gap between environmental knowledge and actions, putting theory into practice remains quite of a challenge. Local initiatives have however been spreading and taking concrete actions to overthrow this tendency. The issue of waste being a central symptom of the culture of consumption, waste prevention is the focus of the present thesis. Putting on socio-psychological lenses, the following study investigates the potential of waste prevention initiatives to contribute to a degrowth society. A French case- study demonstrates that such alternatives embody possibilities to change individual behaviors and attitudes, by promoting sufficiency and conviviality as core aspirations.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. , 70 p.
Keyword [en]
Over-consumption, sustainable consumption, degrowth, waste prevention, local initiatives
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Social Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-323635OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-323635DiVA: diva2:1106911
Subject / course
Euroculture
Educational program
Master Programme in Euroculture
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Available from: 2017-09-11 Created: 2017-06-08 Last updated: 2017-09-11Bibliographically approved

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